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CD REVIEW: THE SUPERJESUS – Love and Violence EP

CD REVIEW: THE SUPERJESUS – Love and Violence EP

| 4 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE SUPERJESUS – Love and Violence EP Golden Robot Records 5 August, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Confidence has never seemed lacking in Sarah McLeod, and on Superjesus’ first release in over a decade, it’s practically bursting through the seams. For good reason too: Love and Violence is as good a record […]

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CD REVIEW: JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT – Edges

CD REVIEW: JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT – Edges

| 4 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT – Edges Independent March 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 /10 There’s a bluesy, soulful edge to the rootsy soft rock of sister and brother Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, who hail from upstate New York. On first listen it’s tempting to think that Jocelyn’s riveting, emotive, passionate vocals are […]

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CD REVIEW: TOXICON – Purge

CD REVIEW: TOXICON – Purge

| 4 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: TOXICON – Purge Independent August 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Someone must have been feeding this ten-legged Melbourne riff machine iron filings to make them so fucking metal: this debut album is immense – and fucking heavy! Featuring about an equal mix of clean and scream vocals, laden with pounding double bass […]

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CD REVIEW: SHIT THE COW – The One With The Devil EP

CD REVIEW: SHIT THE COW – The One With The Devil EP

| 4 October 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: SHIT THE COW – The One With The Devil EP Independent 1 September, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Sweden’s Shit The Cow unleash their inner warrior on EP number 5, bookending the release with two very different takes on the track Warcow. Opening with a combat rock take on the […]

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CD REVIEW: MATTHEW CURRY – Shine On

CD REVIEW: MATTHEW CURRY – Shine On

| 1 October 2016 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: September 16, 2016 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur In my book, blues can go one way or the other – I don’t typically stay in the middle… I either dig it or I don’t.  The latest EP from Matthew Curry??  I really dig it.  I love the vibe of the […]

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CD REVIEW: LETTERS FROM THE FIRE – Worth The Pain

CD REVIEW: LETTERS FROM THE FIRE – Worth The Pain

| 29 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Sand Hill Records Release Date: September 9, 2016 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I love getting new music – my love for different genres and bands has come about because I was willing to take a chance on something or someone new.  The recent release from Letters From The Fire falls in this […]

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CD REVIEW: THE IRON BRIDGE BAND – Against The Grain

CD REVIEW: THE IRON BRIDGE BAND – Against The Grain

| 29 September 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE IRON BRIDGE BAND – Against The Grain Messej Media & Publishing 1 July, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 The Iron Bridge Band hail from the Garden State of America, New Jersey, and you can line up their influences, connecting dots from Free to The Allman Brothers to Bruce Springsteen to Bon […]

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CD REVIEW: HEART – Beautiful Broken

CD REVIEW: HEART – Beautiful Broken

| 29 September 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: HEART – Beautiful Broken Concord Music Group 8 July, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 By the time a band reaches Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee status, they’re usually in legacy protection mode – more interested in merch and touring income and releasing an endless succession of greatest hits albums, rather […]

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CD REVIEW: SERIOUS BLACK – Mirrorworld

CD REVIEW: SERIOUS BLACK – Mirrorworld

| 28 September 2016 | Reply

Label: AFM Records Release Date: September 9, 2016 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I was floored when I first heard Serious Black’s 2015 release As Daylight Breaks, and I am once again on the floor as I pass through the nine tracks on the standard release of the band’s latest offering, Mirrorworld.  “Breaking […]

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CD REVIEW: EVERGREY – The Storm Within

CD REVIEW: EVERGREY – The Storm Within

| 24 September 2016 | Reply

Label: AFM Records Release Date: September 9, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Swedish rockers Evergrey seems to hit my radar whenever they put out new material and I am glad they do.  Once again, they have released a disc with some great melodic rock that leans to the darker side.  Disc opener […]

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CD REVIEW: BUTCH WALKER – Stay Gold

CD REVIEW: BUTCH WALKER – Stay Gold

| 23 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Dangerbird Records Release Date: August 26, 2016 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur He’s Back!!!  From the first note to last, the latest disc from Butch Walker ranks among my favorite discs in his catalog – and I am talking SouthGang, Marvelous 3, 1969, and solo stuff.  This song is a return to fun […]

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CD REVIEW: CRUZH – Cruzh

CD REVIEW: CRUZH – Cruzh

| 22 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music SRL Release Date: August 26, 2016 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Melodic rock typically rolls through my speakers and into my ears with pleasurable results.  The debut release from Cruzh is no exception to the rule, as this 11-track disc is full of great AOR and melodic rock moments.  Disc opener “In […]

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CD REVIEW: DELAIN – Moonbathers

CD REVIEW: DELAIN – Moonbathers

| 21 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: August 26, 2016 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Symphonic metallers Delain are at it again and they have released one of their best to date with Moonbathers.  The disc kicks off solidly with “Hands Of Gold” which features the signature sound of Charlotte Wessels on lead vocals, killer symphonic […]

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CD REVIEW: MOSCOW NOIR – Moscow Noir

CD REVIEW: MOSCOW NOIR – Moscow Noir

| 20 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Aurealis Records / Tutone Entertainment Release Date: July 29, 2016 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur As so it begins… another new disc from a band I have yet to know about.  This EP from Canadian artist Moscow Noir kicks off with the ethereal intro track “Odisea” and it sets the pace for […]

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CD REVIEW: VINCENT and the ONEPOTTS – Best Of Enemies

CD REVIEW: VINCENT and the ONEPOTTS – Best Of Enemies

| 19 September 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: VINCENT and the ONEPOTTS – Best Of Enemies Independent November 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 It’s such a buzz to see so many new, exciting bands coming out with material which simply refuses to be pigeon-holed, which will never sell a million copies or fund them an international tour, but […]

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CD REVIEW: PETER GARRETT – A Version Of Now

CD REVIEW: PETER GARRETT – A Version Of Now

| 19 September 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: PETER GARRETT – A Version Of Now Sony July 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Peter Garrett was never made for politics. A passionate idealist, how he kept sane whilst his environmental policies and integrity were constantly sold out in the name of party politics, is anyone’s guess. Ironically, after resigning […]

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CD REVIEW: BRAD WILSON – Power Blues Guitar Live

CD REVIEW: BRAD WILSON – Power Blues Guitar Live

| 19 September 2016 | Reply

CD REVIEW: BRAD WILSON – Power Blues Guitar Live Cali Bee Music March 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 A superb and sophisticated blues guitarist and singer, my only criticism of Brad Wilson’s otherwise excellent 2015 album Blues Thunder, was the lack of raw fire to the recordings. Power Blues Guitar Live shows […]

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CD REVIEW: MEAT LOAF – Braver Than We Are

CD REVIEW: MEAT LOAF – Braver Than We Are

| 16 September 2016 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW: MEAT LOAF – Braver Than We Are Caroline/429 Records 16 September, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 It’s hard to know where to start with Meat Loaf’s thirteenth studio album Braver Than We Are. Some will inevitably compare it (unfavourably) to 1977’s Bat Out Of Hell – still the high water mark for […]

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CD REVIEW: MICHAEL SWEET – One Sided War

CD REVIEW: MICHAEL SWEET – One Sided War

| 14 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Rat Pak Records Release Date: August 26, 2016 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Michael Sweet’s voice is instantly recognizable, regardless of the material he sings… Stryper, Boston, or solo stuff.  His voice has graced eleven new tracks on his latest release One Sided War from Rat Pak Records, with a bonus track […]

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CD REVIEW: THE KILLING FLOOR – Tongue Tied

CD REVIEW: THE KILLING FLOOR – Tongue Tied

| 10 September 2016 | Reply

Label: Outright Rock Records Release Date: August 19, 2016 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur You just never know what you get when someone hands you a disc and tells you they are in a band and would appreciate a review.  In the case of the EP from The Killing Floor, I got a […]

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